Posts Tagged ‘The Killers’

Brandon Flowers does his best impersonation of a music conductor in his newest video for “Only The Young.”   His solo album which dropped last month, Flamingo, didn’t fare so well on the charts, but it’s solid work and definitely delivers some of his best lyrical work. 

Redemption, keep my covers clean tonight.
Baby we can start again.

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I came across this photographer’s website and I’m both extremely jealous of his career, but also ready to become his assistant.  Where do I sign up?

Willsher has captured some of the hottest indie and mainstream acts out there – from candid moments to the more stylized settings – and I’m pretty floored.  He’s done editorial work for NME, Spin, and Nylon, and is inspired by the UK rock scene (including David Bowie).  He’s got a very creative eye and will likely make any audiophile envious of the scenes he’s captured.

Check out the brilliance over at his site: http://www.andywillsher.com/

See some photos below:

The Arctic Monkeys

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The Black Kids

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Courtney Love

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Foals

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Hot Chip

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The Killers

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Paulo Nutini

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Noah and the Whale

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One of my heroes in life chats up in London (for NME) and dishes on a possible covers album…

If it happens, which seems like it will, it should be pretty damn amazing.  The Killers aren’t familiar with mediocre anything.

The Killers get some help from Tiesto and The Knocks to revamp their latest single from Day and Age, “Spaceman.”

The strongest mix on the EP is by Steve Aoki and the Bloody Beetroots.

Check it out here…

In light of the release of the EP, Brandon Flowers gave a short interview with the UK’s Daily Star, where he decided to take a stab at Kurt Cobain with a mild insult.  Bad timing?  Kurt Cobain’s anniversary of his death (15 years ago) was just two days before Flowers stated:

“I don’t mean it in a bad way, but I think Kurt Cobain and grunge took the fun out of rock ’n roll.”

At least The Killers have ended their battles with The Bravery and have moved on to Nirvana…

 

THEY KILL ME.

Only Brandon and Crew can pull off a cover by Bright Eyes.  Brilliant.  They take folk-pop and give it a tech-rock lift.  It works.    

The track can be found on the new Spaceman EP to be released 4/14.  Also included in the EP is another bonus track, “Tidal Wave,” sure to be another standout. 

Check out the cover of “Four Winds” below:

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The Killers played to a sold out audience at Madison Square Garden last night (Sunday, January 25th), belting out a setlist that covered the span of their progressive career.  The bitter cold of NYC was a huge contrast to the stage design that taunted us  with bright lights and palm trees.  Brandon Flowers delivered – not surprising – in his own awkward stage presence that he owns…and fans love.    Truth is, I have never seen a frontman carry so much weight on his shoulders (the weight of the entire band, not the feathered blazer he’s been sporting these days).  Soaring. Pitch-perfect. Staccato moves.

I would like to be Brandon Flowers.

It’s true.

In 2004, I saw them play at a bar in the Lower East Side.  It was before they were known.  Spin magazine’s Ultragrrrl (Sarah Lewitinn) sky-rocketed their cult fame by hanging with them,  writing about them, and hand-picking them to play at a special event at Rothko bar: Le Prom de Ultragrrrl, an 80s indie prom.  It was the day that Flowers and crew busted out their ruffled tuxedo shirts.   It was the day that the hipster girls dusted off their puffy sleeves.  It was the day my friend, Melissa, walked into Dave (the lead guitarist) as he took a leak.   Historic.

The January 25th, NYC, Madison Square Garden Setlist:

Spaceman
Losing Touch
Somebody Told Me
Smile Like You Mean It
This Is Your Life
Joy Ride
I Can’t Stay
Bling
Shadowplay
Bones
Neon Tiger
Human
Sam’s Town (Abbey Road)
Read My Mind
Mr. Brightside
All These Things That I’ve Done

ENCORE:
On Top
For Reasons Unknown
Jenny Was A friend Of Mine
When You Were Young